By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Close

I did my favorite games of the year, but I also did honorable mentions as well. I guess that's cheating, but there were some years where too many great games would have gone overlooked.

Weirdly, my runners-up list probably looks more interesting, since I'm a fan of games by series. There's an awful lot of Zelda in my GOTY lists, for example.

Year Game of the Year Honorable Mentions
1978 Space Invaders
1979 Bee Wary Dunjonquest: The Temple of Apshai, Star Raiders
1980 Pac-Man Berzerk, Zork
1981 Donkey Kong Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, Scramble, Defender
1982 Joust Pengo, Pitfall, Kangaroo, Dig-Dug, Mr. Do!
1983 Mario Bros Ultima III: Exodus, Spy Hunter, Archon
1984 Boulder Dash Pitfall II, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1985 Super Mario Bros Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
1986 Starflight Rampage
1987 The Legend of Zelda Metroid, Kid Icarus, Castlevania, Wizards and Warriors
1988 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Bionic Commando (NES), Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny
1989 Super Mario Land Tetris (GB), Faxanadu, Dragon Quest, SimCity
1990 Super Mario Bros 3 Final Fantasy, Ultima VI: The False Prophet
1991 Final Fantasy IV Super Mario World, Sonic the Hedgehog
1992 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Street Fighter II
1993 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Secret of Mana,
1994 Super Metroid Final Fantasy VI, Mortal Kombat II (SNES)
1995 Chrono Trigger Mortal Kombat 3, Super Mario World II: Yoshi's Island
1996 Super Mario 64 Super Mario RPG, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
1997 Final Fantasy VII Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, Goldeneye
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Xenogears, Resident Evil 2, Parasite Eve, Pokemon Red/Blue
1999 Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete Final Fantasy VIII, Harvest Moon 64, SoulCalibur (DC)
2000 Final Fantasy IX The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete, Valkyrie Profile
2001 Final Fantasy X Grand Theft Auto III, Devil May Cry, Dragon Quest VII
2002 Metroid Prime Virtua Fighter 4 (PS2), Kingdom Hearts
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Soulcalibur II (GC), Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Xenosaga Episode I
2004 Tales of Symphonia  Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, Metroid Prime 2, Baten Kaitos
2005 Dragon Quest VIII Resident Evil 4, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Mario Kart DS
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Final Fantasy XII, Okami, Wii Sports
2007 Virtua Fighter 5 Online Super Mario Galaxy, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
2008 Valkyria Chronicles Super Smash Bros Brawl, Fallout 3, Tales of Vesperia, Lost Odyssey
2009 Demon's Souls Punch-Out!!, Dragon Quest V (DS)
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Valkyria Chronicles II, Yakuza 3, Bayonetta, Sakura Wars
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Mortal Kombat 9, Catherine, Dark Souls
2012 Xenoblade Chronicles Tales of Graces f, The Last Story, XCOM: Enemy Unknown
2013 Ni no Kuni The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Tales of Xillia, Fire Emblem: Awakening
2014 Bayonetta 2 Bravely Default, Mario Kart 8
2015 Super Mario Maker The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel,  Final Fantasy Type-0
2016 Final Fantasy XV Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Doom, Yakuza 6
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Persona 5
2018 Valkyria Chronicles 4 Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Octopath Traveler, Ni no Kuni 2
2019 Dragon Quest XI S (NS) Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, Pokemon Sword/Shield
2020  (So Far) Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sakura Wars
Last edited by SanAndreasX - on 21 July 2020